WHEN YOU MOVE into a new home it’s obviously important to get to grips with all the essential jobs that make the place livable and comfortable. This means tackling interior issues and design straight away.
However, it’s also wise to pay the garden some attention. Sorting your new garden out is a great way to make the place look nice from the outside and improve what you see when you look out the window. All of this helps make a house a home, and that is exactly what you want when you move into a new property.
So what are the essential steps when you inherit a brand new garden area? The following tips should help to make a garden transformation clearer and easier.
First of all, you will need to do some clearing out. When people put their houses on the market they are not always motivated to keep up with garden maintenance. When you move in, lawns are likely to need mowing and plants may need cutting back before you even get a clear idea of what’s already in place. Then it may be a case of tearing out anything you aren’t keen on. This may include garden features and sheds as well as plant life.
Problems with invasive weeds are common. Japanese knotweed and other invasive species cause untold damage, and if you’re trying to transform a garden you can’t really do so until you’ve eradicated all traces of such unwanted guests. This may require some professional help but it’s worth it if it helps you create the perfect garden.
Evaluating your devotion to a garden
Not everyone is able to spend hours maintaining a lush garden. Evaluate the amount of time you’ll be able to devote to garden maintenance so that you don’t bite off more than you can chew. If you think you’ll only have time to spend one weekend every season gardening. then consider low maintenance options rather than plants that need lots of TLC. A patio strewn with attractive pots may be a better gardening idea.
Filling the space
Finally, it is time to start filling the space, but you should start by filling it with ideas. Don’t get your hands dirty until you’ve done some proper thinking. Plan your new garden. Even if you are not an expert, you can still draw out a rough sketch of how you want things to look. This will help you approach landscaping in a more methodical way.
This article was written by Julian Caruthers, keen gardener and expert in Japanese knotweed control.